Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Special Interview with historical romance author Vonda Sinclair + Giveaway

I know your asking. What's an historical author doing on a paranormal romance blog?? Well, if you read her books you'll know I just couldn't resist her hotties from the highlands. LOL. 

Hello Vonda! I want to thank you for doing this interview and welcome you to BbPNR. I hope you don’t mind being seen on a paranormal romance blog since you’re a historical romance author.

Vonda- Hi, Laurie! Thanks so much for allowing me (along with my Highlanders) to crash the awesome paranormal party you have going on here!

Laurie-Oh! That’s right, you write about the hot highlanders. Sorry, your highlanderness! LOL.

Vonda- LOL! No problem. I love reading paranormal romance! It's one of my favorites. Sometimes I want to read something really unusual and different. This can give me a fresh new perspective on history. Besides, Scotland has many legends of supernatural happenings and paranormal creatures.

Laurie- Girl, I know you said that right and that’s another reason I do love to stick in a highlander book every once a while, even though I love reading about my hot vamps and shape-shifters, I have to have me some hot highlanders in there too LOL. So, speaking of highlanders, why did you choose to write highlanders?

Vonda- Who can resist a sexy, muscular, highly-trained warrior in a kilt? There's just something about them that's addictive. Am I right? The Highlands have an aura of mysticism that few other places have. Plus, the Highlands of Scotland is a harsh but beautiful environment and the people who lived there in the past, without modern conveniences, would've had to be tough and resourceful people. This makes for strong men (aka heroes) who don't back down from anything.

Laurie- Speaking of Sexy, muscular and highly-trained warrior in kilt. I remember reading one lately he was sexy and highly trained warrior and he definitely hit my highlander hottie spot. I believe his name was Laird Alasdair MacGrath. I have to beg your pardon for the next few questions because this hottie and his brother hit me so hard I’ve been a little absent minded since LOL. I am thinking Alasdair may belong to you somehow. If so, would you tell us a little about him?

Vonda- Absolutely! (The two brothers thank you for blaming your absentmindedness on them LOL! They are glad to be distractions.) Alasdair is the kind of man most any woman would want to marry. He's hot, sexy and great in bed. He's also very responsible and protective. He's a strong leader and will give the woman he loves anything she wants.

Laurie- I have to admit I don’t remember Alasdair wearing kilt * grumbling and flipping pages on kindle, I must have missed reading it somehow * But that’s no biggie for me because kilts only has one purpose and that’s to have access of one detail quicker LOL.  So, I believe this one would fall to his brother, what’s his name again? And please tell me how many women has he been with anyway? If he even knows *snorting*

Vonda- LOL! Alasdair wore a kilt a few times, when he wasn't dropping it and crawling into Gwyneth's bathtub. ;)  As for his brother… Lachlan… he has no idea how many women he's been with. He's a pleasure seeker and I think he might be addicted to it. Now he only needs to teach Angelique about the sensual pleasures. She's a stubborn student but eventually she sees what he's talking about. haha

Laurie- Oh yeah, that’s right, Sir Lachlan MacGrath. Sorry, I should have remembered that one because he has a cover with a blond hottie on it, I love blonds.  Can you tell me did he finely keep his kilt down for one special lady, yet?

Vonda- Yes, he only lets Angelique lift his kilt now. ;) What surprised him was that it wasn't all that difficult. He never thought he could commit to ONE woman. But Angelique makes him forget other women exist. And thanks about the cover! I'm so glad you like it!

Laurie-Oh my, I sure can’t wait to get to Lachlan book this next week, so I can see how Angelique got him all to herself. I love that name Angelique by the way. I don’t see it much anymore. Now, tell me where are your hot highlanders taking you next?

Vonda- I hope you enjoy My Wild Highlander! In the next story, I'm thinking Lachlan's friend Dirk will take us north, further into the Highlands, perhaps even to the wild and untamed north coast. I've been sort of obsessing about Durness recently. Although I won't say for sure it will take place there, I'm hoping, because it's a very atmospheric and beautiful place. Not for wimps either. When I was there in late spring, the weather was very harsh and temperamental--strong winds, rain, hail, even some snow on the higher mountains. But something about it calls to me… and Dirk. He will unfortunately find himself in a hornet's nest of problems and conflicts.

Laurie- I love baking and cooking and I see on your site you have an awesome sounding Scottish apple scone recipe. Would you please share that with everyone here today? I’m going apple picking this week so I know what I will be making;)

Vonda- Yes! I love Scottish foods and scones are yummy.
Apple Scones
One medium cooking apple
2 cups self-rising flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ stick butter or margarine (1/4 cup)
1/3 cup fine granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
up to ½ cup milk
Ingredients for glaze:
A little milk
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
dash cinnamon
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F

Peel and core the apple and then finely chop. Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Then rub in the butter followed by the sugar and chopped apple and mix. Add milk until you have a soft but not sticky dough. Roll out on a floured surface to about ¼" thick and 8" round and mark into 8 wedges. (Or use biscuit cutter.) Place on a greased baking sheet, brush the top with milk and sprinkle with the light brown sugar and dash cinnamon. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with butter.

Laurie- I just have two more questions if you don’t mind. Why self-publishing? I myself love that author’s chose this way because it gives them a better choice on what’s in the book, covers etc. I am very glad you chose this route. The next question is. Are you going to put these books in print one day?

Vonda- Good questions! I went with self-publishing these two historical romance novels because I knew they were ready. The other option was to let them sit on my hard drive forever. A few years ago, an agent signed me because of My Fierce Highlander. She loved the book and submitted it to NY publishers for over three years. Some of those publishers made us wait 2 1/2 years before making their decision. Others said we love this and it’s publishable quality, but we're not going to offer a contract. I'm sure they have their reasons. I was thrilled when Amazon created Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes and Nobel created Pubit, and Smashwords came into being, because now I don't have to wait for NY editors to give me a chance. I can make it happen myself. The sales so far of both books have surprised me in a good way. Needless to say, I'm thrilled I chose to self-publish. I may put them into print one day. I've just been learning more about that option, and it's becoming more appealing. Thanks so much for the awesome interview! It has been a blast!

Vonda is giving away a eBook copy of My Fierce Highlander to one lucky commenter with an email.


  1. Great article! But doesn't the guy on top have cold tootsies? He needs some warm apple scones stat! :)

  2. LOL Bella! If he's in Scotland, he definitely has cold tootsies. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh my gosh! I am in love with your highlander pictures!! Thanks for some awesome eye candy and a terrific giveaway at the same time :D
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  4. Well, that recipe was a waste. Too busy staring at the backs of hot men in kilts! Guess I can go back in and look at the, eh, recipe. :P Anyway, congrats! Fun interview!!

  5. VERY hot pictures! I did save the recipe to make later! It looks as yummy as the men! Great Interview!

  6. Highlanders are welcomed anywyere! I read from both genres and sometimes comes across a mix of them, it's great. I have always loved thigns Scottish...but learned something new about them -the food! Yummy.

    Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

  7. Hi Laurie & Vonda!

    Yum Highlanders! How do we get life size posters of these? Or maybe just send the guys themselves!

    Great Interview! Thanks for the contest, I've been eyeing my Fierce Highlander!

    lizzielvr at

  8. There is something about a Highlander, you can never get enough. Thank you so much for sharing with us today and I am definitely copying the scone recipe:) YUM! I also appreciate you generous giveaway opportunity I would love to read My Fierce Highlander.


  9. Excuse me while I stare at the pictures for awhile and lately I have been on a highlander kick so finding more just makes me so happy :).

    The Apple Scones sound so delicious and making me hungry.


  10. Just something about a highlander though I must say I think I prefer Laird Alasdair MacGrath out of the two brothers (sigh) Thank you for doing this awesome interview!

  11. Julie, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the Highland candy. LOL

    Michelle, I know. I love the way Laurie placed that delicious kilted guy right beside the recipe. LOL Thanks!

    Thanks for checking it out, Brittany! I can get inspired with these kind of hot kilted pics.

  12. Na, I've found a lot of Scottish food I love. It's fun to eat something you've never tasted before. I also enjoy reading a mix of Scottish and paranormal.

    Lizzie, thanks so much for eyeing My Fierce Highlander! I also would love life-sized posters of these guys. Wonder what DH would think? Maybe he'd run out and buy a kilt. :)

  13. Denise, I know I'm addicted to Highlanders (and the Highlands)!! Can't get enough. LOL Thanks!

    BLHmistress, I often find myself on Highlander kicks. :) I'm also starting to crave scones! Thanks!

    Katie, thanks! Alasdair is the more responsible and reliable of the brothers, especially at first. But he's no less sexy than his scoundrel brother. ;) It is interesting that some people prefer one book and others prefer the other book (or hero). Maybe because they are so different, they tap into different reader tastes.

  14. I love the pics. It doesn't get any better than a hot guy in a kilt.

  15. That is a lot of sexy highlanders on one post ;)
    I love it

  16. Great, interesting post, Vonda. I liked reading your story about self-publishing. That and the kindle is changing the way we read. I never get sick of men in kilt stories and pictures.
    Cathleen Ross

  17. I think my favorite kilted-man pic is the 2nd where he seems to be staring into the water. Yummy!

    Vonda, don't put me in the drawing because I have a copy of MFH and loved it. Keep writing those Highland hotties!

  18. Marlene, I agree with you. There's just something about a sexy man in a kilt that captures everyone's attention.

    Blodeuedd, woohoo! The more Highlanders the better. LOL!

    Cathleen, thanks! Self-publishing is such a wonderful new thing, as is Kindle!

    Carol, I like that one too! It seems to tell a story. Thanks so much for reading my book! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!

  19. Love the photos!!! You already know I love your books! Your heroes are absolutely the hottest...hence the fact they don't wear a lot of clothing...LOL.

  20. Great interview! I love Highlanders!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  21. Love the names Alasdair and Lachlan. Excellent choices. I am always interested in finding out why an author chooses to use self publishing. Your reasons make so much sense. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  22. Thanks, Liz! I'm so glad you like my heroes! Getting them out of those kilts is the fun part! :)

    Megan, thanks for stopping by!

    Jen, thanks! I'm glad you like the names of my guys! I've found that self-publishing has been an excellent choice for me.

  23. Hi Vonda! Okay, nothing makes me happier than seeing a hottie in a kilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Mina, great minds think alike!:) Thanks for stopping by!

  25. All I have to say is; Thank goodness Vonda chose to write about hot highlanders! LoL And boy, are they HOT! Fabulous interview ladies, I loved it! And I cannot wait for Dirk's story next and to find out where he hightailed it to!
    Don't enter me in the giveaway, I've already had the pleasure of reading about these sexy Highland brothers. Just stopping by to say "Hi!" Have a wonderful Hump Day ladies!

  26. Oh thanks, Crystal! I'm thrilled you liked them! How wonderful to see you here!

  27. Great interview! Sexy highlanders and a scone recipe? What a wonderful way to start my day!
    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!
    Kanya :)

  28. Thanks, Kanya! I'm glad I helped get your day off to a fun and yummy start! :)

  29. Vonda I made the scones yesterday and loved them!!

  30. Wow, seriously, Laurie?! And you didn't send me any? LOL! I'm so glad you loved them! I need to make some myself. Fall is coming and that's a great time for warm scones.

  31. Love highlanders books, and Paranormal, too, so I smile with your interview and descriptions of your sexy Highlanders and... a bathtub? ;D

    Thanks for the international chance, too.


  32. Thanks for the interview, I enjoyed reading it! And of course, I gotta agree with everyone else about those hot, sexy highlanders! ;)


  33. Kasumi and Winnie, it's wonderful to meet so many people who have Highlander addiction like I do. LOL! Thanks!!

  34. Highlanders are so yummy

    Great interview and thanks for the great giveaway.

    musicalfrog at

  35. Thanks, musicalfrog, for stopping by! I'm glad you're a Highland fan too! :)

  36. I love reading Highlander stories. Thank you so much for offering one for a giveaway. Can't wait to try the recipe either.

  37. Great to meet another Highlander fan, sadiesueblue! Hope you enjoy the recipe! :)


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